Postsecondary nominating panel sends list of 30 possible UofL appointees to Gov. Bevin without releasing names publicly

06/28/2016 07:35 PM

FRANKFORT — Thirty names, whittled from about 100 applicants, have been submitted to Gov. Matt Bevin for consideration as possible appointees to the University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees.

The Governor’s Postsecondary Education Nominating Committee action on Tuesday comes less than two weeks after Bevin reorganized the university’s governing board, revamping the body from 20 trustees to 13. Among those, 10 are gubernatorial appointments.

The nominating panel declined to publicize names of potential UofL appointees, and Pure Politics has filed an open records request seeking the list with Bevin’s office.

Bevin has said the university’s board has become dysfunctional, and UofL President Jim Ramsey wrote in a letter to the first-year governor that he would offer to resign or retire once a new board is seated.

Bevin spokeswoman Jessica Ditto said that Bevin “will thoughtfully consider all of the applicants submitted by the Governor’s Postsecondary Education Nominating Committee.”

“We hope to announce the appointments by Friday,” she said in an email to Pure Politics.

Attorney General Andy Beshear, who has sued Bevin over his decision to disband and reorganize the board, reiterated his belief that Bevin’s actions don’t meet legal muster.

“Therefore any effort to try to fill those spots would not be legal,” Beshear said at an unrelated Capitol news conference.

He added that the nominating meeting may have violated a law “that requires them for every open position to provide three names.”

“Three names for one position, not 30 for 10,” he said. “This is a specific statute that I do not believe can be rewritten through the reorganization of a different group.”

But the law Beshear cited doesn’t indicate that nominations to university boards could solely come one at a time.

The statute, KRS 164.005, reads that when “more than one (1) equivalent gubernatorial appointment is being made to a governing board or the Council on Postsecondary Education at the same time, the committee shall submit a number of nominees equal to three (3) times the number of vacancies.”

With 10 gubernatorial appointments on Bevin’s newly reorganized board, that would mean 30 possible appointees.

That prompted Ditto to say in an email that Beshear is “wrong again.”

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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